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    AYER NEWS
    Callahan, Hughes, O'Connor named to citizen rail committee

    AYER -- As the town awaits a response from private landowner Phil Berry, a group of residents to be known as the Ayer Train Station Advisory Committee is working to move forward with the long-awaited plan to expand the downtown parking lot near the Rail Trail to 180 spaces. Full Story
    PEPPERELL NEWS
    (Julia Malakie)
    Environmental legend joins pipeline protest

    By Hiroko Sato MediaNews PEPPERELL -- Carrying a big, colorful sign that read, "No pipeline. Not In My Back Yard," on her back on Tuesday, Kristin Yargeau paddled into the Nashua River in a canoe. Full Story
    GROTON NEWS
    (Julia Malakie)
    Environmental legend Marion Stoddart joins pipeline walk

    By Hiroko Sato MediaNews PEPPERELL -- Carrying a big, colorful sign that read, "No pipeline. Not In My Back Yard," on her back on Tuesday, Kristin Yargeau paddled into the Nashua River in a canoe. Full Story
    SHIRLEY NEWS
    EDC steps up efforts to bring business, revenue

    SHIRLEY -- With a five-member roster and a reinvigorated mission, the Economic Development Committee is stepping up efforts to bring businesses and new, nonresidential tax revenue to town. Full Story
    TOWNSEND NEWS
    Nashoba Tech to hold family athletic nights at new sports facilities

    WESTFORD -- Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 100 Littleton Road, is hosting two family athletic nights on Wednesday, July 30, and Friday, Aug. Full Story
    SPORTS
    Gansett stuns Ayer Shirley

    FITCHBURG -- Ayer Shirley led 42-41 with under a minute remaining in Monday's Monty Tech Summer Basketball league game against Narragansett, but a turnover led to a pair of Warrior baskets, as it fell 45-42. Full Story
    HARVARD NEWS
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    John Hamill remembered as renaissance man who always got things done

    HARVARD -- John Hamill was a man who got things done. That's how he was remembered by Harvard residents who packed the Harvard Historical Society July 24, standing in the building that is his lasting legacy. Full Story
    LIFESTYLES
    Tordella, EMIT pushing for prison reform

    Sen. James Eldridge pushing for expanse of restorative justice program
    AYER -- Susan Tordella has spent a good amount of time volunteering in prison. But when she read Michelle Alexander's book about mass incarceration, she said, she became an activist. Full Story
    Grandma thanks Idaho trooper for traffic stop

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation to Idaho wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren during the stop. Full Story
    (Neshan Naltchayan/AP)
    Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

    Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D. Full Story